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Getting Serious With Will Ferrell: Q&A With the Star of Everything Must Go
By Lauren Barth May 10, 2011
Adapted and directed by Dan Rush, and based on a short story by Raymond Carver, Everything Must Go stars Will Ferrell as Nick Halsey, a career salesman whose days of being on top are long gone. The same day Nick gets fired, for falling off the wagon one last time, he returns home to discover his wife has left him, changed the locks on their suburban home and dumped all his possessions out on the front yard. Faced with his life imploding, Nick puts it all on the line – or more properly, on the lawn – reluctantly holding a yard sale that becomes a unique strategy for survival. At a recent press junket for the darkly funny film, we talked to Ferrell about his somber role, most treasured possessions, upcoming projects, and an ongoing battle with Paramount Pictures.
You play a much more subdued and less comedic character in this film, are you exploring a darker period in your film?
There’s such great chemistry in the film between you and the other characters. Did you take the time to meet and bond before filming started?
Do you have any real-life experience yard sales?
There isn’t a whole lot of physical or overt comedy in this film. Were you tempted to add in funny moments?
If you were to have a yard sale is there any item you wouldn’t be able to let go of and sell?
What was your experience like debuting the film at Tribeca Film Festival?
As far as Anchorman 2; you really have to start some sort of email hate campaign to Paramount Pictures because they have told us they’ve run the numbers and it’s not a good fit. We were going to do a Broadway musical and then have a film come out after the show. Everyone loves it except for the studio that owns the rights. The ball is in their courts, but they’re being idiots.
And we also just sat down and were kicking around some ideas possibly for Stepbrothers 2.
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